How Coronavirus is Upending Orthodox Jewish Traditions

Hundreds of Orthodox Jews are estimated to have died in Brooklyn. A heart-rending video on how the pandemic is changing their longstanding rituals.

Comments (10)

(8) Bobby5000, April 29, 2020 1:52 PM

cannot endanger lives

Because there are profound dangers with close social contact, particularly in areas with heavy rates of virus, an order restricting social contact was issued. Beyond one's safety and that of friends, violation endangers hospital workers, others in the community, and overloads the health system.

Yes, I'm sure there are religious mandates but temples and churches have closed. There is no reason or sufficient excuse for endangering lives under the guise of fulfilling religious strictures.

(7) Christopher Marchand, April 28, 2020 2:50 AM

I just don’t understand, I just don’t know what say !

I to came down with the covert virus! I totally empathize with the Ultra - Orthodox communities not just in NewYork but whole World!

(6) Gary Winkler, April 26, 2020 6:16 PM

Please give me R Berkowitz’s addrss. I want to send some money to support his amazing efforts. G-d Bless! Thanks, gary

(5) Anonymous, April 26, 2020 4:28 PM

kol hakavod

it's beautiful to hear a religious jew saying "it has no religion, no color, no borders" EVERYONE HELPING EVERYONE NO MATTER WHO THEY ARE.
hashem should end this soon

(4) Anonymous, April 26, 2020 1:03 PM

We ALL Must Unite and Get on the Same Page to Beat this back....

(3) Laura, April 24, 2020 8:35 PM

Thank G-d for today’s technology so that we can comfort the sick and the dying. I can’t wait until the virus has passed and we are all safe to gather together again.

(2) Steve Sattler, April 23, 2020 2:31 PM

a new reality.

(1) Anonymous, April 23, 2020 1:51 PM

Death during Corona

My father, a’h passed three weeks ago from congestive heart failure, which has the some of the same symptoms as Corona,
therefore we are not even 100% if he had Corona.
There were many problems regarding his funeral, the first being getting his body over state lines because he passed in New Jersey, and our family plot is in Long Island. A death certificate and permits would take a week to ten days. Also, according to the new laws he would not be able to have a Tahara, purification of the body, before burial. I could not imagine, that my beloved father who was 95 and who was such an upstanding Jew and person would not have this ritual performed. We were able through the help of some wonderful people to expedite the red tape. My father had a Tahara and we had a socially distanced funeral of ten men for a minyan only one day and a half after he passed.
I am so thankful that my father a’h was able to receive the final ‘Kavod,’ honor that he deserved.

Avraham Turetsky, April 24, 2020 12:46 AM

tahara and proper burial

It's so gratifying to hear that despite the situation, your dad was able to have tahara and proper kevurah, as required by Jewish Law.

Sounds like he was a special Jew who raised children that followed in his footsteps.

Hamakom Yinacheim Eschem B'Soch Sh'ar Avelei Tzion V'Yerushalayim

Laura, April 24, 2020 8:31 PM

We are all sending prayers to your family.


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